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Mt. Tom - My 1st Winter Solo Hike

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Mt. Tom (4,057ft) Elevation Gain: 2,150ft Trail: Avalon, A-Z and Mt Tom Spur Distance: 5.8 miles roundtrip Duration: 4.5 hrs (includes stops for breaks along the trail and at summit) My 4000+ Peak #16 Listed 4000+: #40 Difficulty: Moderate
My very first official solo winter hike! And my third attempt to hike Mt. Tom. Couple days ago I was making my second attempt to solo hike Mt. Tom. But when I got to the trailhead around 915am, it was still foggy/cloudy and overcast. The folks at the AMC Highland Center told me that the sun was going to come out but they didn't know what time. I didn't want to wait and take a chance of not having enough daylight to hike. And I sure didn't want to hike it with my camera equipment and not have any views to photograph. So I went to the International Mountain Equipment store in North Conway and shopped through their "Consignment" section in their basement where I found two fantabulous deals on used ice climbing equipment! OMG, Koflach ice …

Mt. Pemigewasset - Hiking

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Mt. Pemigewasset (2,557ft) Elevation Gain: 1,557ft Trail: Mt. Pemigewasset Distance: 3.6 miles roundtrip Duration: 2.5 hrs Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Another NH 52 with a view mountain! Met up with the New England Over 50 Hiking group in the north parking lot of the Flume Gorge visitor center. I was so happy and excited about being on this hike, there had to be about 3-4 inches of snow in the parking lot alone!
The trailhead is about 150 yards beyond the parking lot. We made our way up a wide bike path before turning onto the Mt. Pemigewasset trail. This took us through 3 small tunnels, the first under Route 3 and the other two under the south and northbounds lanes of I-93.
The trail is relatively easy with a moderate ascent. Mt. Pemigewasset, also known as Indian Head, is a small peak, but its ledged summit provides excellent views of the Franconia Notch area. There was a light snowfall when our group got to the top.
At the summit I tried out the "Peaks" app (Augmented Outdoors) on…

Mt. Willard - Solo Hiking

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Mt. Willard (2,865ft) Elevation Gain: 900ft Trails: Mt. Willard Distance: 3.0 miles roundtrip Duration: 1 hr, 45 minutes Difficulty: Very Easy
My first solo hike in snow! Originally I had planned to hike to Mt. Avalon (3442ft), Mt. Field (4340ft) and Mt. Tom (4051ft) today, but I didn't get to the trailhead early enough. Sure, I could have run up and back down before sunset, but I'm quite attached to 3 pounds of camera equipment and prefer taking my time in order to take photos. If the weather is good and I get up early enough, I'm going to make next weeks hike to bag my 16th and 17th peaks atop mounts Field and Tom.
Mt. Willard is a very, very easy hike! The Mt. Willard trail is a short trail with a wide path. Its ascent is gradual and provides a moderate workout for those who like to hike nonstop. Reading other winter hike reviews, my intent was to snowshoe this trail but there wasn't enough snow on the ground yet so Microspikes were all I needed. No need to break trail ei…